Champagne…the True Bubbles Region

There is sparking wine and then there is champagne!┬áChampagne can only come from Champagne so all those other bubbles you are drinking are just sparkling wine but can still be absolutely delicious! There are multiple ways to champagne taste through the region which is just about an hour outside of Paris. You can go for…

Sonoma International Film Festival 2018

I often forget that just because something is local, it doesn’t mean it isn’t a travel worthy event. This year I attended the 21st annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) and managed to see 6 films over 3 days and enjoy some beautiful if not a wee bit rainy Sonoma Valley. My favorite part of…

Budapest Round Two

Last time I was in Budapest was a few years ago and I was sick and didn’t really get to experience much. The ticket from Milan to Budapest was only about $11 so I figured why not give it another shot and see what the city really has to offer. Every airport is different and…

Paris for the Weekend

When you have a friend that lives in Lugano and they ask if you want to meet in Paris for the weekend, the answer is always yes! This was going to be my fourth trip to Paris but the first for my friend. We basically had one day to try and experience the best of…

Port Tasting in Porto

Growing up in the wine country I have learned a lot about a lot of different wine but never have I learned about port. I decided to sign up for a proper port tour and see what it was all about! The first stop was to a place called Ramos Pinto. It started with a…

My Tour of the PNW…Portland

My last stop on my mini US adventure was to Portland, Oregon. This was not my first trip to Portland but I wanted to hang with my friends for the weekend and do a little wine and beer tasting. I took Amtrak from Seattle to Portland which was just a few hours and very scenic….

My Tour of the PNW…Seattle

I have been a bit MIA lately but the travels are starting up again. Living in the United States I think I take for granted everything that is within a short flight from me or even a short drive. I took a few weeks to visit friends and family in Seattle, Fairbanks and Portland. The…

Gaudi, Gaudi everywhere!

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Barcelona since I had never been and had not been back to Spain since 1998! I only had two days so I spent the first day being the ultimate tourist and jumped on a city sightseeing tour. I must say, this was the perfect thing for this city…

Cafayate for the day

Sometimes it is about the journey more than the destination. This is absolutely true for the trip to Cafayate from Salta. The drive is about 3-4 hours and takes you through an amazing section of the Andes. After the experience my parents had with our tour to Salinas Grandes, they opted to hire a driver…

The best meal I have eaten in Argentina

Part of traveling is eating and discovering new restaurants. On a backpackers budget, those restaurants aren’t always within reach. However, when your parents come to visit, it is time to get a little spoiled. My step dad read about iLatina somewhere and had sent me the link a while back. I would have treated myself…